Hello 2018. Happy New Year! A brand new year brings a whole new set of fresh goals, often bigger dreams, new mindset and refreshed perspective. But amongst all these goals we tend to forget about the small things. Small things like good deeds that can make a huge impact and even perhaps help path the way to achieve our goals.
Whilst our lives can be quite busy I have kept it simple to achieve 12 good deeds through the year. Each month brings one new good deed.
12 GOOD DEEDS
Start the year off right and have a huge clear out. From wardrobes to the kitchen to the kids toys and baby items. Any items that have been sitting there for the past twelve months unused donate them to charity! We moved house in December 2017 and donated well over 5 garbage bags of clothing, toys, baby goods and kitchen goods to charity. The feeling after is so refreshing. It is amazing how much we accumulate over the period of a year
Say no to plastic bags! Be kind to the environment this month. Everytime you shop for your groceries take your own reusable bags with you. Keep one with your pram and a couple in the car so you never leave home without one.
A little act of kindness goes a long way. Strike up a conversation with someone. It could be the elderly lady you see on your daily walk to the local shops. Stop and have a chat, you could put the biggest smile on their face. From the barista in the coffee shop, another Mum at the park or a fellow neighbour.
This month when you visit your favourite weekend breakfast spot make sure you leave a little tip in the tip jar! Or even your local go to coffee shop
Support the farmers, makers and growers. Spend your weekends wandering the farmers markets around your area. Farmers markets are a great way to discover new local food artisans, support the farming community, buy fresh, organic and seasonal produce. A great spot to head with the whole family whilst most provide entertainment, kids activities, food demonstrations, tastings and allowing your kids to get hands on with food shopping.
Don’t forget about our animal shelters. With the cooler months upon us many animal shelters require blankets and food donations. Go through your linen cupboard and any old blankets take them to your local animal shelter in need. No need to worry if you have no spare blankets why not donate some food to the shelter. Take it that one step further and adopt a pet if you are looking at adding a new family member of the furry kind.
Take this challenge on for July! One whole month of no takeout, its time to get busy in the kitchen. That means no buying lunch, weekend thai takeaway or pizza. Wanna go little more extreme say no to buying a takeaway coffee. Ok that last bit may be a little extreme but even cut it back to only once a week. We can do this! All the money you save pop it aside you will need it for next months good deed.
The follow through of July’s good deed. All that money you saved donate it all to your favourite charity
Its time to be kind to the environment again. Spring is in the air so step outside and plant a tree. Hit up your local council and see what is happening. Otherwise refresh your garden with some new greenery
Compliment a stranger. And not through social media make it in person. Tell a Mum she is doing an amazing job or compliment someone’s outfit
After almost a year of good deeds it is time to do something good for ourselves. For everyday of this month write down something you are grateful for
Its the most wonderful time of year! Along with been one of the most frantic times pause for a moment. Set aside time to personally write and send Christmas Cards. (read more on this here)
SHARE YOUR GOOD DEEDS
Share your good deeds across social media. Be sure to tag me and the hashtag #twelvegooddeeds on all your good deeds you achieve. Lets make 2018 amazing